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  WHUT    BBC World News This Week    News/Business.  

    January 30, 2010
    7:00 - 7:30pm EST  

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>> "bbc world news" is presented by kcet, los angeles. funding for this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu. the newman's own foundation. the john d. and catherine t. macarthur foundation.
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and union bank. ♪ >> union bank has put its financial strength to work for a wide range of companies, from small businesses to major corporations. what can we do for you? >> and now "bbc world news." >> tony blair defends his
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decision to take britain to war in iraq, saying he has no regrets about it. >> if there was any possibility that he could develop weapons of mass destruction, we should stop him. it was my view then. that is my view now. >> president obama's call to arms, he promises to fix america's economy and the banks in the state of the union address. >> we do not quit. i do not quit. let's seize this moment to begin anew, to carry the dream forward. >> and the most amazing tale of survival, this girl was found in her collapsed hom15 days after the haiti earthquake. hello, welcome to this week, a review of the major news stories
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em in the past seven days. -- as seen in the past seven days. this week, britain was put under the microscope. tony blair and the form of -- the foreign secretary at the time ignored u.n. advice. the former british attorney general at the time told the inquiry he changed his opinion at the last minute about the legality of the invasion, on days before it began. he rejected claims he was bullied into doing so by political masters. on friday, the long anticipated appearance of the former prime
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minister tony blair. during six hours of questioning, he made plain his reasoning and belief behind his decision to go to war in iraq. he told the inquiry has no regrets. he hinted at the possibility of a new war with iran. >> he arrived in the half light of dawn with the sound of a single bell tolling. tony blair's convoy headed to the basement. it was a low-key start to a highly charged monday. -- to a highly charged day. there were protesters, a couple of hundred at most. at 9:30 a.m. sharp, the session began. mr. blair took his place.
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he looked pensive. >> i would like to start by welcoming our witness. >> and joe got said many people wanted answers, but he reminded people about the trial. the iraq inquiry began its questions. they went to the event that changed everything, 9/11, and tony blair was soon in this picture -- in his stride. mr. blair said that someone like saddam hussein, with his history over -- of defiance over weapons of mass destruction, had to be contained. >> we had to send an absolute powerful and clear and unremitting message. that after september the 11th, if you were a regime engaged in wmd's, you had to stop. >> mr. blair today at --
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>> i said we would stand shoulder to shoulder with them. we did in afghanistan. >> in september 2002, mr. blair defended his categoric statements that he believed beyond a doubt that iraq had weapons of mass destruction. >> i did believe it. and i did believe it, frankly, beyond doubt. >> mr. blair was satisfied the invasion had been lawful. he believed contrary views in the cabinet had been heard. he believed britain have plans for the aftermath. and he believes he did the right thing. >> this is not a lie or deception,it was a decision. >> and he said he would take the same action again. >> i had to take this decision
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as prime minister with a huge responsibility then and there is not a day that does not go by that i do not reflect upon that responsibility. i have no regrets. the responsibility, but not record proving saddam hussein. -- but not regret removing saddam hussein. i believe he was a monster. i think he threatened not just the region, but the world. in the circumstances that we faced them, but even if you look back now, it is bter to deal with this threat, to remove him from office. and i do genuinely believed that the world a safer as a result. >> he spent more than six hours at the witness table. anyone hoping for a grilling would have been disappointing. it was a passionate defense by tony blair on his decisions in iraq.
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>> the rest of this week's news, saddam hussn, a cousin and right-hand man, known as chemical ali, was hanged in iraq. he ordered the killing of 5000 kurds in 1988. three car bombs in baghdad kills more than 30 people and wounded dozens. >> the moment sealed chemical ali's fayed and he seemed to know it. god be praised, he said, twice. itwas the fourth death sentence he had received in the past three years. everyone knew there would be no fifth. this was the atrocity for which can mccauley was given his final death sentence, the killing at -- which chemical alley was given his final death sentence, the killing of 5000 kurds in
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1988. for the kurds, this was an iconic event. they wanted chemical ali to hang. but as saddam's chief enforcer, he also spearheaded the brutal repression of the majority shi'ite community, too. two of his death sentences were in it -- were for his role in putting down the shiites in 1991 and in 1999. news of the bombing can hop on the heels of the latest bomb attacks in baghdad. three separate suicide car bomb blasts carried out since -- in quick succession in hotels in the city. there were predictions that more such strikes would be mounted to to make iraq look unstable and unsafe before elections. >> the kurds in the north and shi'ites in the south were celebrating because execution of
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chemical ali. -- were celebrating the execution of chemical ali. but the country's woes are still far from over. >> in other news this week, france said it would not send any more combat troops to afghanistan. pres. sarkozy made the announcement. more than 300 people were arrested for violence in nigeria. officials said 326 people died in the unrest and more remain displaced from their homes. 19 people, most of them lebanese or ethiopian -- and 90 people, st of them lebanese or ethiopian died aboard an ethiopian airlines flight that took off during stormy weather. a french parliamentary commission recommended this week that muslim women should not be
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allowed to wear face covering veils in public situations like hospitals, schools, and public transport. the lawmakers argued that they would forfeit their right to waive visa in france. >> france, a country that likes to flex its secular muscles, is now one step closer to outline the all enveloped in islamic veil. -- to outlawing the all in developin-- the all enveloping c veil. public buildings such as hospitals and public transport, etc. >> today's report crosses a political spectrum. the whole french society is concerned about this issue. it has affected our citizens who are attached to our values of
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liberty and equality and fraternity. >> president -- presidents are cozy launched this campaign last year, saying it was an affront to the dignity of women. he asked the parliamentary committee to find a consensus, but in fact, deputies are still bitterly divided. many continue to think that only an outright ban -- an outright ban on the full sale will be affected. others are accusing the government of what -- of using what they say is a marginal issue to inflame this comic passions. >> it girl was found 15 days after the the earthquake. she was severely hydric -- dehydrated.
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>> after 15 days, a combination of luck and determination led to an incredible rescue. darlene 80 yen's family thought she was among the many guests at the someone heard her cries. she survived by drinking water from the bathroom. >> she is very act dehydrated and week. >> amid the cheers, she wa taken to a field clinic and then to the hospital. today, we found a doctor the first trader, surprised -- the first treated her. >> [unintelligible] >> and this was a teenager that
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found her. even though search operations are officially over, they refuse to give up. this week has seen several incredible rescue. on tuesday, a man was pulled out after 12 days. he became trapped in the first ajor aftershock. and a week later, this man was found, surviving on snack foods. but for every moment of joy to my equal despair. after a day of digging, search teams give up hope for a woman they thought was still alive in this building. few dare imagine there could yet be more survivors. >> barack obama said getting america back to work was his top priority for 2010 in his first state of the union address. he accepted that many americans are hurting and pledged that change coming to america was not
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happening quickly enough. >> the president of the united states. >> he is the first african- american with such fanfare on state of the union night. 15 million americans out of work on my record budget deficit -- out of work, a record budget deficit. >> we do not give up. do we do not quit. >> almost everything he said came back to the economy, from credit to small businesses, funded by loans to wall street's, to infrastructure and clean energy projects, to the promise of new jobs. >> people are out of work and hurting. that is what jobs will be the number one focus of 2010 and that is why i'm calling for a
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new jobs bill tonight. but the president's signature initiatives, universal health care, is now on my support in congrs, lacking the votes to become more. -- is now on life support in congress, lacking the votes to become more. >> not now, not what we are so close. let's find a way to come together and finish the job for the american people. >> foreign policy was almost a foot note, with renewed pledges to be out of iraq by the end of august, and to begin the withdrawal from afghanistan next year. >> as iran's leaders continue to ignore their obligations, there should be no doubt they, too, will face growing consequences. that is a promise. >> but with midterm elections looming, this was a speech for america, a modern merkel club of mistakes made. a -- a modern mea culpa of
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mistakes made. >> we do not quit. i do not quit. last season as much as are no -- let's seize this moment to start anew. >> his agenda has been stripped to the very essentials, the economy and jobs. >> political and financial leaders from around the globe work together to help combat rising extremism and yemen. the secretary of state clinton said military action alone would not be enough and the u.s. would work with yemen to promote human rights and combat extremism.
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the u.n. secretary general ban ki moon [unintelligible] and offered him a role in the political mainstream. he said that if certain conditions were met, he was not opposed to the taliban being reintegrated into afghan society. >> i believe that military means may be effective, but it should be behind the political. that is what the president is now trying. >> more than 70 countries backed president karzai's peace plan, including the fund to pay taliban fighters to give up their weapons and be reintegrated into society. >> with the personal chemistry still clearly working, hillary clinton and david miliband speak to a conference that was
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intended to breathe new life into sorting out afghanistan. 70 plus representatives squzed into their seats. americans took a back seat. it was gordon brown who set out the objective. >> by the middle of next year we have to turn the tide in the fight against the insurgency and also in our work to support the afghan government in winning the trust of the people. >> how to do it, well, one important part of the strategy is to try to divide the taliban by offering them cash and jobs to leave. plenty of volunteers are just there because the taliban usually pay them well. >> reintegration is what afghan needs. we must reach out to all of our countrymen, especially our disenchanted follows.
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>> what he means is it using the 86 million pounds now on the table to pay the taliban not to fight western or afghan soldiers. how will the public here react to that? >> to a lot of people it seems pretty strange to be paying -- spending british public money to pay, bribing people not to carry out murder. >> no bribes, no help to people who continue the act of terrorism. the on the condition in which we are prepared to work with people is where they give up terrorist activities, accept the democratic rule of afghanistan and start to play the part of good citizens. >> it was arranged that president karzai would go and thank the british army for
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fighting and sometimes dying for his government. he expressed sympathy for those who had been killed. -- who have been killed. >> we understand the emotions, but there are millions in afghanistan that feel the same way. >> it was a definite effort to persuade us all that this is not an open-ended war that will stretch on into the indefinite future swallowing up money and lives. and so, the president can only recently accused of corruption, has been made suddenly acceptable again. and we were promised that our part of the war will begin to wind down in 18 months time. altogether, a remarkably skillful performance by diplomats and politicians. >> accord in paris accord to the
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former french prime minister of plotting to discredit president sarkozy five years ago. he had been accused of failing to stop a corruption inquiry, knowing the accusations to be false. a man who admitted killing an abortion doctor in the united states was found guilty of first-degree murder. he said he killed dr. george tenor in may last year to protect unborn children. the prosecutor is calling for 50 years behind bars. and friday, news that the u.s. economy has grown at its fastest pace in six years in the last quarter of 2009, president obama noted also that job growth was still lacking. >> president obama on the factory floor in baltimore,
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buoyed by some good economic news. the u.s. economy is growing faster than expected. >> today, we stop the flood of job losses. we stabilize the financial system and we can safely say that we have avoided the looming pressure. this morning, we received a report that affirms our progress. and with -- and the swift and aggressive actions that made it possible. at >> gdp last yr contract by 2.4%, the worst performance since 1946. but the second half of the year saw a rebound, as we all know -- as we now know, in the last three months of 2009, the u.s. economy grew 5.7%. that was largely due to business is buying more stock from companies like this one. it makes the bulk packaging for
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companies, such as quaker oats. this expertise things improving. >> we are hiring more people. i think that part of our manufacturing the we are starting to see some growth. >> but there are still struggling consumers were spending as little as possible. history shows us that it could be an upside. >> unemployment is a bit of a drag on the recovery, but not as much as is commonly perceived. in every single -- following every deep recession in the post-war. -- in the post-war time from, we always follow that with recovery.
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>> this recovery needs to do better. >> after months of speculation, apple finally unveiled -- unveiled its fabled tablet computer. the ipad found a niche in the market between the smart phone [unintelligible] >> these technologies -- he is technologies ultimate showman he came to show off what he calls apple's latest creation. >> we call it the ipad. >> it is a touch screen computer about the se of a piece of paper. it allows you to read books, which reveres, surf the web, without leaving your computer. apple hopes to repeat the trick
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it did first with the ipod and then with the iphone. but it had some flops, too. like this early effort, the hand-held computer. apple's new gadget may look smart, but it will have to squeeze into a narrow section of the market, somewhere between a smart phone and a net book, small laptop computer. it is a section of the market already at -- already occupied by a number of similar devices. >> other companies have already launched a tablet computers that have made little headway thus far. this gadget has not stopped any of those devices so far. >> there are many devices in the market that will do some things and i think what the market
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needs is a catalyst. it need someone like all too rarely made the consumer realize how it will change their lives. >> he jokes that he knows what -- consumers want. publishers hope there really is an ipad shape to get in the market. >> that is all for us this week. good bye for now. >> funding was made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu. the newman's own foundation. the john d. and catherine t. macarthur foundation. and union bank. ♪
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